Daily Devotional November 21, 2022

Yesterday was my first Sunday back at the church after taking a few days off.  This meant catching up with how everyone was doing.  One friend, shared with me some devastating news, which is every parent’s worst nightmare.

As he explained this tragic string of events, he shared something else.

He said that, out of the blue, a cousin he doesn’t talk to very often called and said for some reason he was weighing on her heart.  She asked how she could pray for him.

I said, “That’s God making sure you know you are not alone.  God will walk you through this.”

On the outside, my friend looks like he has the perfect life.  No one knows the heavy burden he carries, which would break most people, yet the world is oblivious to the debilitating pains he is suffering as a father.

This got me thinking.

First, never think someone’s life is perfect.  Everyone carries a heavy load.  Some loads are heavier than others so make sure you treat everyone with grace and compassion.

Second, just like God prompting my friend’s cousin to call, God is also an active presence in your life. Whatever burden you carry, know you are not alone.  God will walk with you, hold your hand, and carry you when necessary.  Even when you find yourself surrounded by darkness, know God is in the darkness with you.  That’s what the cross is all about.

In those moments when you feel like you are drowning and no one knows, remember, God does.  God is here for you.  You are never alone.

In talking to a tired, troubled world, Jesus offers us peace and healing by saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Take Jesus up on his offer.  Let him carry your burden.  

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, today I am putting my burdens in your hands.  I ask you use me to help someone carry their heavy burden.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

The world can be a hard, cruel place.  We are blessed to have a loving, compassionate God.  Let him help you.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins